Temenoff Heading GTBioMAT

Former co-director becomes PI of integrative training program

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  • Johnna Temenoff, PhD - Director of GTBioMAT program, associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Johnna Temenoff, PhD - Director of GTBioMAT program, associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
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 Johnna Temenoff was recently named principal investigator (PI), for the Georgia Tech Training Program for Rationally Designed, Integrative Biomaterials (GTBioMAT), and her predecessor, Ravi Bellamkonda, offers a very good reason why.

“Johnna literally wrote the book on the subject,” says Bellamkonda, referring to Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, the award-winning undergraduate textbook Temenoff that co-authored (with her mentor at Rice University, A.G. Mikos). Published in 2008, the book has been adopted by more than 40 universities in the U.S. and has been published in three international editions. In 2010, it won the Meriam-Wiley Award for Best New Engineering Textbook by the American Society for Engineering Education.

But Temenoff, an associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and faculty member of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, not only has written the story – she is immersed in it, playing a leading role in the growing body of biomaterials research and study, while ardently supporting the work of Georgia Tech’s biotech graduate students.

“Johnna has been an integral part of the Graduate Leadership Program, and has a strong commitment to graduate education. She is also emerging in the field nationally. "I look forward to our training program attaining greater heights under her leadership,” says Bellamkonda, who chairs the Coulter Department (a collaborative between Tech and Emory).

GTBioMAT, sponsored through a grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, offers advanced training for pre-doctoral students in the rational design, synthesis, and application of the next generation of integrative biomaterials.

Students receive comprehensive and integrated training, which includes fundamental and interdisciplinary courses (such as the training program’s capstone Rational Design of Biomaterials course and lab), two laboratory rotations (one is a ‘materials synthesis’ and the other is an ‘application/clinical’ experience), and informal interactions with clinicians to gain more insight into the clinical setting.

And GTBioMAT, which also helps trainees develop in other areas (such as leadership, values, and personal development through participation in the aforementioned Graduate Leadership Program), is growing – the NIH added an additional two student slots per year, which Temenoff says, “makes this an exciting time to become the PI. As a co-director for the past three years, I now more fully understand how this grant contributes to building the biomaterials community at Georgia Tech and Emory. Through this new position, I look forward to creating even more opportunities for faculty and students to interact within our already vibrant research environment.”

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